French football manager Hervé Renard has confirmed to RMC that he will head to the Ivory Coast capital of Abidjan in order to finalise his contract termination with the national team that he recently won the African Cup of Nations with.
Renard has reached an agreement to become the next Lille boss, having reached a provisional three year deal, on the condition that coach Patrice Beaumelle joins him at the Ligue 1 side.
Lille had sounded out Guingamp’s Jocelyn Gourvennec and Manchester City’s Patrick Vieira, but Renard, who had been in contact with St Étienne and Nice over possible manager positions, will meet with Ivory Coast FA President Augustin Sidy Diallo on Wednesday in order to negotiate a termination of his contract. Renard has a release clause of €600k from his current deal with the Ivory Coast, but the hope from Lille’s side is that that figure can be negotiated down.
From current boss René Girard’s point of view, he has reached a mutual termination agreement with Lille which is understood to be worth about €850k.
All change at Lille.